Dave Perkins and Pete Roberts have been involved in Search and Rescue as members of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team since the early 1970s.
They formed The Centre for Search Research in 1997 to enable them to pursue their interest in topics and techniques relating to searching and search management. The company became a UK registered charity in the same year.
Carl Hamilton, a long-standing member of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, joined the Centre for Search Research in January 2012.
Dave, Pete and Carl are all former Team Leaders of Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and all were high school teachers by profession. Collectively they have over 110 years of search and rescue experience.
The Centre for Search Research has been involved in a variety of activities, for example:
- developing and teaching incident management courses
- developing and teaching search field skills courses
- analysis of the data and production of the regular reports for the UK missing persons behaviour study
- lecturing and presenting on a number of SAR topics at conferences in the UK and overseas